Low Water Pressure

If you are not the only one in your neighborhood with low pressure and all of your neighbors have it, too, the only thing you can do is contact your water supplier for help. If your home is the only one in your area experiencing the low water pressure, however, or of there are only certain areas of your home with low pressure, take the following steps to try and fix the problem.

  • Figure out which water fixtures have low pressure and which fixtures don’t.
  • If you have only one faucet that is affected, take it apart and clean the aerator. You may also have a dislodged washer.
  • If you can’t find anything that is causing the low pressure, ask your water company to check. They may find that individual valves or the valves going into your home are partially shut. You can also give us a call and we will send out an experienced technician to check out the problem.
  • If you still can’t find the cause of your low pressure, you may have older pipes that are clogged due to rust or lime deposits. You will most likely need to upgrade your home with copper piping, which will not rust. We can give you an estimate for these jobs. For more information, read about Rusted Pipes.
  • Even though your water pressure is fine throughout your home, you may still have low water pressure in your shower. This may be due to a clogged shower-head, or issues in the pipes leading to your shower-head.
  • To troubleshoot this, begin by removing the shower-head from the pipe.
  • Turn the water on, and test the flow of water from the pipe. If the flow is normal, then you probably need to either clean or replace your shower-head. If the flow is less than normal, then you will need to give us a call so that we can determine what is causing the problem, and the best way to solve it.
  • If the clog is in your shower-head, then find the small disk that is located where the water comes into the head. This can also be a small screen. Make sure to note which way faces outward so that you can replace it properly.
  • Clean the screen out with something like a straight pin. If the clog is more difficult, then soak the shower-head and the screen in vinegar for several hours before scrubbing off the mineral deposits.
  • Rinse everything thoroughly with water and install it back onto your pipe.